Readings for Lent: Tuesday in the Fourth Week of Lent 3/29/2022

March 29, 2022
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uesday in the Fourth Week of Lent 

PRAYERS OF THE DAY 

God grant me –
The serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.  Amen
Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) Professor of Applied Christian Ethics, Union Theological Seminary, New York 

Almighty and ever-living God, you hate nothing you have made, and you forgive the sins of all who are penitent. Create in us new and honest hearts, so that, truly repenting of our sins, we may receive from you, the God of all mercy, full pardon and forgiveness through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen 

O God, rich in mercy, by the humiliation of your Son you lifted up this fallen world and rescued us from the hopelessness of death. Lead us into your light, that all our deeds may reflect your love, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen 

READING:  Ezekiel 47: 1-9, 12 

The angel brought me, Ezekiel,
back to the entrance of the temple of the LORD,
and I saw water flowing out
from beneath the threshold of the temple toward the east,
for the façade of the temple was toward the east;
the water flowed down from the right side of the temple,
south of the altar.
He led me outside by the north gate,
and around to the outer gate facing the east,
where I saw water trickling from the right side.
Then when he had walked off to the east
with a measuring cord in his hand,
he measured off a thousand cubits
and had me wade through the water, 
which was ankle-deep.
He measured off another thousand
and once more had me wade through the water,
which was now knee-deep.
Again he measured off a thousand and had me wade;
the water was up to my waist.
Once more he measured off a thousand,
but there was now a river through which I could not wade;
for the water had risen so high it had become a river
that could not be crossed except by swimming.
He asked me, “Have you seen this, son of man?”
Then he brought me to the bank of the river, where he had me sit.
Along the bank of the river I saw very many trees on both sides.
He said to me,
“This water flows into the eastern district down upon the Arabah,
and empties into the sea, the salt waters, which it makes fresh. 
Wherever the river flows,
every sort of living creature that can multiply shall live,
and there shall be abundant fish,
for wherever this water comes the sea shall be made fresh.
Along both banks of the river, fruit trees of every kind shall grow;
their leaves shall not fade, nor their fruit fail.
Every month they shall bear fresh fruit,
for they shall be watered by the flow from the sanctuary.
Their fruit shall serve for food, and their leaves for medicine.” 

PSALM 46 

The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. 

God is our refuge and strength, 

a very present help in trouble. 

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved, 

and though the mountains shake in the depths of the sea; 

though its waters rage and foam, 

and though the mountains tremble with its tumult. 

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, 

the holy habitation of the Most High. 

God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be shaken; 

God shall help it at the break of day. 

The nations rage, and the kingdoms shake; 

God speaks, and the earth melts away. 

The Lord of hosts is with us; 

the God of Jacob is our stronghold. 

Come now, regard the works of the Lord, 

what desolations God has brought upon the earth; 

behold the one who makes war to cease in all the world; 

who breaks the bow, and shatters the spear, and burns the shields with fire. 

“Be still, then, and know that I am God; 

I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth.” 

The Lord of hosts is with us; 

the God of Jacob is our stronghold. 

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The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. 

 

VERSE 

A clean heart create for me, O God;
restore in me the joy of your salvation. 

 

THE HOLY GOSPEL:  Saint John 5: 1-16 

There was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
Now there is in Jerusalem at the Sheep Gate
a pool called in Hebrew Bethesda, with five porticoes.
In these lay a large number of ill, blind, lame, and crippled.
One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years.
When Jesus saw him lying there
and knew that he had been ill for a long time, he said to him,
“Do you want to be well?”
The sick man answered him,
“Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool
when the water is stirred up;
while I am on my way, someone else gets down there before me.”
Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your mat, and walk.”
Immediately the man became well, took up his mat, and walked. 

Now that day was a sabbath.
So the Jews said to the man who was cured,
“It is the sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to carry your mat.” 
He answered them, “The man who made me well told me,
‘Take up your mat and walk.’“
They asked him,
“Who is the man who told you, ‘Take it up and walk’?”
The man who was healed did not know who it was,
for Jesus had slipped away, since there was a crowd there.
After this Jesus found him in the temple area and said to him,
“Look, you are well; do not sin any more,
so that nothing worse may happen to you.”
The man went and told the Jews
that Jesus was the one who had made him well.
Therefore, the Jews began to persecute Jesus
because he did this on a sabbath.